Microsoft takes scareware companies to court

Microsoft Monday slapped antiscareware lawsuits against two businesses, Branch Software and AlphaRed,

and their product, Registry Cleaner XP, reports Scareware are pop-up ads that offer to scan users' PCs for problems and directs users to Web sites where they can download software fixes for payment. Microsoft teamed up with the Attorney-General of Washington State, Rob McKenna to put the lawsuits in motion. "We will not tolerate scams to trick consumers into buying software to solve problems that don't exist," McKenna told reporters. Microsoft said it has seven lawsuits against such scareware.

Visit the Microsoft Subnet home page for more news, blogs, podcasts.Top 5 strategies for surviving a recessionUnder the hood of Hyper-V (master list of links). all Microsoft Subnet Microsoft newsletter. (Click on News/Microsoft News Alert.)

More blog post from the Microsoft Subnet posts:

Will Google be the death of Microsoft? Hard to imagine

17 job-hunting resources for Windows pros

Subscribe to

Sign up for the

Join the Network World communities on Facebook and LinkedIn to comment on topics that are top of mind.

Copyright © 2008 IDG Communications, Inc.

IT Salary Survey: The results are in